Wedding At Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort

Jul 28, 2017

JACQUELINE & MICHAEL

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Introduction:

I first met Jacqueline and Michael at my home studio last Fall to hear all about their upcoming wedding at Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort. I was really excited that they decided to hire me and to have the opportunity to spend a day up in beautiful Santa Barbara, which is such a gorgeous destination to get married.

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Capturing an intimate portrait of the newly married couple during sunset at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.

 

Getting ready photos at Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort:

After making the two-hour drive north to Santa Barbara with my assistant, we began the day capturing some shots of Jacqueline getting ready for her special day. She was surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids and mom as she had the final touches applied to her makeup and admired her gorgeous gown.

I captured some playful shots with her bridesmaids in their matching robes and a special moment with her mom, then went over to Michael’s suite where he was getting ready with the boys. I got a creative shot of him fixing his tie and a black and white candid as he assisted his groomsmen, as well as a touching moment as Jacqueline’s dad came to add the finishing touches.

We then went back to check in on the girls and photograph Jacqueline as she stepped into her dress and had it fluffed by her bridesmaids. I captured a close-up as she secured her earrings and read a note card from her groom-to-be, as well as a classic portrait of her looking absolutely stunning with her beautiful bouquet.

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Jacqueline and her mom admiring the gorgeous wedding dress in a suite window at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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A playful portrait of Jacqueline and her bridesmaids in their floral robes as they were getting ready at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline having the final touches applied to her makeup in a suite at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.

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Jacqueline admiring her bridal gown in a naturally-lit suite window at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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A creative shot of Michael fixing his tie as he prepared for his wedding at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.

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A candid black and white shot of Michael and his groomsmen getting ready in a suite at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Michael puts on his jacket as he was getting ready for his Santa Barbara wedding at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline’s father puts the finishing touches to Michael’s bridal attire at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline’s bridesmaids help to secure her gorgeous wedding dress as they were getting ready at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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A close-up shot of Jacqueline securing her earrings in the lead up to her wedding at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline’s bridesmaids help to “fluff” her wedding dress in a suite at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.

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A creative shot of Jacqueline’s bridesmaids placing her veil over her head as they prepared at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline reads a note card from her groom-to-be in a suite at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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A portrait of Jacqueline looking absolutely stunning in her bridal gown with its sweeping train.

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Capturing a special moment between Jacqueline and her dad before they walked down the aisle.

 

Ceremony photos at Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort:

Jacqueline and Michael had decided against having a first look, making the moment she walked down the aisle escorted by her dad extra special. I captured Michael’s beaming smile as he watched Jacqueline approach and an emotional embrace with her dad, then all the reactions as they exchanged vows and rings with one another.

Jacqueline and Michael’s intimate wedding at Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort was being held in the charming courtyard, surrounded by ornate archways and palms. I captured some wide-angle shots looking across this magical setting, as well as a creative angle looking between the archway.

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Jacqueline’s father escorts her down the aisle during her courtyard wedding in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing Michael’s reaction as he watched Jacqueline walk down the aisle at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline’s father embraces her as he gives her away to Michael during their courtyard wedding in Santa Barbara.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle during Jacqueline and Michael’s courtyard wedding at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Capturing the couple’s reactions during their intimate courtyard wedding at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline reads her vows to Michael during their intimate wedding in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing Michael’s reaction as Jacqueline reads her vows at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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A creative shot looking through the archway during Jacqueline and Michael’s courtyard wedding.

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Jacqueline slips a ring onto Michael’s finger during their coastal wedding in beautiful Santa Barbara.

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Jacqueline and Michael celebrate after being pronounced “husband and wife” at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline kisses Michael’s hand affectionately during their courtyard wedding at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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The newly married couple make a joyous recessional walk through the ornate courtyard of the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

 

Portraits at Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort:

After making their recessional walk as “husband and wife”, we used the opportunity for some portraits around the ceremonial site. I captured intimate embraces between Jacqueline and Michael in the elegant colonnade and portraits of them walking hand-in-hand, as well as an impromptu shot right before they made their grand entrance into the wedding reception.

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A classic portrait of the newly weds in an elegant colonnade at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.

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Jacqueline and Michael walk hand-in-hand through the ornate courtyard of the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Michael kisses Jacqueline’s hand affectionately during their courtyard portrait session at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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An impromptu portrait of Jacqueline and Michael just moments before walking into their reception.

 

Reception photos at Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort:

Jacqueline and Michael kicked off their wedding party with an amazing choreographed first dance, which included a whole range of different dance styles. I captured all the twirls and intimate moments of this unforgettable dance, followed by speeches and toasts from Jacqueline’s dad and maid-of-honor, and Michael’s best man.

Jacqueline and Michael then went around the small ballroom at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort to greet each of their wedding guests, then cozied up to watch a slideshow of their relationship. This was followed by the touching parental dances before the DJ really got the party started.

He went round getting all the guests to high-five to help break the ice, before encouraging everyone to hit the dance floor. I got action shots of the synchronized dancing and a fun game where the wedding guests yelled at each other across the dance floor, then snuck outside with Jacqueline and Michael for a sunset portrait session. The light was just magical and perfect for whimsical, backlit shots in and around the grounds of the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

We returned inside where everyone was still letting loose on the dance floor, with the night ending as bubbles showered down on Jacqueline and Michael as they stole a celebratory kiss.

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Jacqueline and Michael make their grand entrance into the ballroom of the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.

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The newly married couple perform a choreographed first dance during their DoubleTree wedding reception.

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Capturing an intimate moment during Jacqueline and Michael’s first dance during their Santa Barbara reception.

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Michael twirls Jacqueline on the dance floor during their intimate reception at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Capturing an emotional moment as Jacqueline’s father makes a toast during the Santa Barbara reception.

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Jacqueline and Michael share a laugh as speeches and toasts are made during their DoubleTree Resort reception.

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Jacqueline and Michael laugh as the maid-of-honor makes a speech during the Fess Parker reception.

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A candid black and white shot of Jacqueline and Michael greeting their wedding guests at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Capturing a tender moment between Jacqueline and Michael’s parents during the Santa Barbara wedding reception.

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Jacqueline and Michael get cozy while watching a slideshow during their intimate wedding reception.

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Jacqueline and her dad perform the father-daughter dance at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Michael and his mom share a laugh during the mother-son dance at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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The DJ encouraging all the wedding guests to high-five each other during Jacqueline and Michael’s reception.

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A creative shot looking down across the packed dance floor during Jacqueline and Michael’s wedding reception.

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A funny shot of Michael’s brother-in-law playing up to the camera during the lively festivities.

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Jacqueline and Michael make a “thank you” speech for their wedding guests at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor in the intimate ballroom at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline’s dad getting down on the dance floor during the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort reception.

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A playful shot of Jacqueline’s bridesmaids enjoying the wedding party in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing a candid kiss during Jacqueline and Michael’s cake-cutting ceremony, including their cute cake-topper.

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A creative silhouette of Jacqueline and Michael during their sunset portrait session in Santa Barbara.

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A whimsical shot of the newly married couple walking through the grounds of the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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A bird’s eye view of Michael twirling Jacqueline at the ceremony site o the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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A whimsical, backlit portrait of Jacqueline and Michael embracing during their Santa Barbara wedding photo session.

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An action shot of Jacqueline’s bouquet toss on the ballroom dance floor at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Capturing Jacqueline and Michael’s reaction during some reception games at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Wedding guests yell at each other across the dance floor during a fun reception game.

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A group of wedding guests participate in a yelling game during Jacqueline and Michael’s wedding reception.

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An action shot of the dance floor at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort during Jacqueline and Michael’s intimate reception.

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Wedding guests perform synchronized dance moves during the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort reception.

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Michael enjoying the dance floor with his parents at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

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Jacqueline and her sister-in-law let loose on the dance floor during the Santa Barbara wedding reception.

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The newly married couple perform a synchronized dance with their wedding guests during the fun-filled wedding party.

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Jacqueline and Michael kiss while being showered with bubbles on the dance floor at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort.

 

Conclusion:

I really can’t thank Jacqueline and Michael enough for inviting me to capture their intimate wedding at Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort and allowing me to be part of all their special moments. I wish them all the happiness in their married life together and whatever the future holds.

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